One year ago this month, my husband and I began a six-week stay in Oaxaca, Mexico. Although I wrote about our trip when I returned (you can read about it here, here, and here), for some reason, I never got around to posting my pictures of the doors we encountered along the way. Recently, as I was going through the zillions of pictures I had in my files, I realized that I needed to remedy that. As you will see, Oaxaca has doors worth sharing, and it will take more than a single Thursday Doors to do that (which is why my title of this post is “uno”).
Thursday Doors is a link-up of fellow door aficionados generously hosted by Norm Frampton. Head over to his blog and click on the rana azul (blue frog) to view all the amazing doors he and others have posted.
73 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Las Puertas de Oaxaca, Uno”
Beautiful! I love unusual doors.
That city was fill of unusual doors. They weren’t all beautiful, but every one was unique.
Oh! Wow!! Door paradise! The first one is a door and a half. How clever to incorporate those framed pictures into the house number. Neat idea. I just love arched doorways, and the gate is magnificent.
But the ‘matching’ window and door are super. Can’t wait to see more of these beauties. Thanks for tackling those files! Lol.
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It was door paradise 🙂 I have so many more to share… stay tuned!
Ooh, can hardly say which one I like best, they are all fabulous! I also like the idea of living under an aqueduct.
I would have loved to see inside that door! It’s hard to imagine what the inside looked like… were the walls and ceiling lined in stone?
Very cool doors, thanks for sharing. It’s also a good way to remind yourself how great the trip was.
I love going through my pictures now and then. I keep thinking that I should put together one of those picture books for each trip but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Glad you decided to share! Love doors, especially Mexican doors. Love the matching window and door!
I love how the homeowners aren’t restricted by whatever they can find at Home Depot. The doors are as vibrant as the country.
These are wonderful. You sure started with a bang – those first ones are massive. I like the variety as much as anything about this collection and the warm colours too.
Already looking forward to your next installment 🙂
I didn’t want to post too many at once since they are all pieces of art on their own. I probably have enough doors to last for a few months of Thursday Doors.
Thanks, Janis, for sharing your fabulous door photos.
I’ve been meaning to do it for a while, but I thought since it’s already been a year… 🙂 More coming up!
What wonderful doors! That first one is huge. How does anyone even open and close it?
I’m not sure about that one. It led to a hotel (all the other doors were to private residences as far as I know) so maybe they had some giants on staff to help out.
Wow! That first door sure is for giants. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos, Janis.
I loved that one! So very impressive.
Some very unusual doors here.
Yes… Mexico is the perfect destination for those of us who love unique doors.
These are great and wonderful doors. I love the colors. But that first door is a amazing!
Since you know woodworking, you must have some idea how they created a door so large. It probably was a veneer, but still pretty impressive.
Every time I look at a door, I start to think about how it might have been made. I would guess veneer, but even that would be a challenge.
Art in the midst of everyday needs of everyday people…great shots, Janis!
You are right, Laura. Everyday people adding color and joy to their lives.
What artistic doors – I enjoyed looking at them, and how unusual with the photos inside the numbers. I would not have noticed if you had not pointed them out. I am going to check out the earlier posts as well.
I have a whole bunch more to share so I’m glad you like them! 🙂
I did – I traveled a lot when I was younger, and always liked to visit small towns to get a local flavor of the place, but was never lucky enough to spend as much time as you did here. What a great opportunity you and your husband had.
They really are beautiful, Janis. What a wonderful six week adventure you must have enjoyed! I really do love the metalwork on those outer doors. They’re definitely works of art!
I think that when you have to create things yourself (not just pick it up from the local big box hardware store), you can allow yourself to be more creative. We really enjoyed staying in one place for an extended period of time.
No favorites…I love them all. And what a great variety! I’m looking forward to seeing more.
Be careful of what you wish for 🙂 As I looked over my photos of doors, I realized that I had enough for a few months of Thursday Door posts. I’m glad you liked these!
I’m the same way with photos from Philadelphia, where one of our daughters lives, and France, where I have relatives. Those two place are where most of my door shots come from.
These are ultra-cool doors, Janis! I also loved the pictures inside of the house number.
I look forward to seeing what other doors you have in store for us from this trip!
I couldn’t believe how many I had in my file! They are all so different; some artistic, some showing beautiful decay, some that just caught my eye for whatever reason. I’m glad I’m able to share these with other door enthusiasts.
Love, love, love these photos!! Thanks for posting them. Also, what an adventure to live in a different culture for a while! I hope to do something similar when my husband and I retire!
Although it’s great to see a lot of different places, slow travel is very appealing because it allows you to better immerse yourself in the local flavor. It also can be a cheaper way to go since you have the option of less expensive longer-term rentals or even of providing house sitting services in exchange for free lodging. I hope you and your husband are able to enjoy this form of traveling too!
Wow! There are some fantastic ones here. Love the grates on the windows and those first huge doors are fantastic!
Isn’t it crazy how many pictures we collect? It’s hard to know where to start and where to end with sharing them. I’m glad you included these. Looking forward to Dos!
I’ve been working on better organizing my photos recently (which led me to look at my Oaxaca photos again) and, yes, I have a ton of images. I need to learn to delete the ones that aren’t good up front so I don’t have to look at them again… and again.
Wonderful doors and terrific gates as well. 🙂
They were all so beautiful… and plentiful. Stay tuned for more 🙂
Open doors lead us to worlds unknown. Thus, doors should be unique, special, different, just like the doors you show us here.
Wouldn’t it be great if we all had doors that were unique, welcoming, and indicative of the owner’s personality?
Our outside home door is pretty ‘regular,’ but I find that door wreaths can add some personality! 🙂
I am also passionate about doors whenever I go but I admit that Oaxaca has by far the best doors I’ve seen. I really enjoyed seeing your pictures! 🙂
Wowzer! You get mega-points for the collection of unique doors! I could comment on each and every one, but the last one with the blue-green stripes and iron grate speaks to me!
I’m most intrigued by the house built under a viaduct. Now we’re talking REALLY different. Seeing the inside would be so interesting! With the exception of windows on either end, I can’t imagine there is any natural light inside … although in Mexico’s heat, I imagine the coolness of the inside would be blissful on a hot day.
There were a few homes built into the arches but this one had the nicest door. Maybe they had windows in the back but I couldn’t tell. When we were in Oaxaca it was pretty warm so I imagine the stone walls provided relief from the heat. You would love that whole area… lots of artists.
I love the doors—regal and welcoming! It’s many years since I’ve been in Mexico, but I loved every minute!
We love Mexico too. I really encourage people to go beyond the touristy resorts by the sea. They are lovely but not the real Mexico, IMHO.
Those really are beautiful. They stayed hidden on your computer for too long — glad they found their way out. 🙂
They were happy to come out and be admired!
Wow, what a treasure trove of doors, Janis! Simply gorgeous!
Thank you Terri! I know that you’ve seen some interesting doors too when you’ve traveled to Mexico.
Gorgeous doors for sure! Have you ever read Joe’s posts over at Month at a Time Travel? He just returned from Mexico and has some fabulous photos as well.
Thank you! Joe and I have been blogging friends for quite a while, since he spent one of those months in San Diego. In fact, I think my trip to Oaxaca encouraged his. And now he is in Spain and Portugal. Where I’d love to go one of these days. Isn’t it nice how our blogging community works!
These doors are so beautiful. Thanks as always for sharing!
I’m glad you liked them. Thank you for commenting!
I love both doors and windows. Since Oaxaca was one visit we never made, this was lovely!
Thank you. Oaxaca is definitely on our return list. It is so easy and inexpensive to get there from where we live.
We lived in Mexico for a year and traveled extensively but have always regretted that we didn’t get to Oaxaca. We will have to rectify that someday.
I love all of the doors you’ve posted, Janis, but my very favourite is the last door and window from the artist’s home. I have a cabinet in my art studio that looks just like that door. I love that the look is both immediately creative and also very natural as if the paint has just worn off and no one has bothered to repaint it.
Looking forward to more doors.
I’m not at all surprised that that window and door appealed to your artistic sensibilities. I also loved the aged patina the paint created. I hope you enjoy the next doors too!
Beautiful collection of doors. That blue metal gate door is really artistic. Like Santa Fe, Oaxaca seems to be filled with inspiring, artistic people!
I think that’s true. There are many creative people – of all different types – in Oaxaca. They have a rich history of artistic expression.
Indeed! Thanks for sharing this astounding collection of portals!
I’m glad you enjoyed them!
These are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
Unique and interesting doors were everywhere in Oaxaca. I’ll have more to share on Thursday.
Very colorful doors!
Mexico knows how to have fun with their doors!
Janis, your beautiful photos of beautiful doors just inspired me to go down the google maps rabbithole, retracing my first trip to Mexico more than 30 years ago, which started and ended in Mexico City, and included a number of multi-day side trips, including a tour of the Yucatan Penisula and a visit to Cozumel. Sadly, I have never made it to Oaxaca, though.
I would love to visit Mexico City one of these days. I think just visiting the museums alone could take a solid month. Oaxaca is beautiful but Mexico has so much to offer its hard to choose where to visit.
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